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Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issues Memorandum Circular no. 9 on Prohibition of Collection of Placement and Recruitment fees from Filipino workers bound for New Zealand

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POEA Memorandum Circular No. 09 dated 12 December 2014.

Pursuant to Section 3, Rule V, Part II of the POEA Rules and Regulations Governing the Recruitment and Employment of Land-based Overseas Workers and New Zealand’s Wages Protection Act 1983, agencies recruiting, hiring and deploying Filipino workers to New Zealand are now prohibited from charging and collecting any recruitment and placement fee from Filipino workers. This unprecedented and ground-breaking step is a positive outcome of the continuous collaboration between the Governments of the Philippines and New Zealand.

We thank and praise GOD for this hugely important development for the protection, welfare and well-being of Filipino workers being deployed to New Zealand.

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